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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Crafting Day and Shepherds Pie Recipe...

Hi  all.....How are you? 
On my last posting I had told you all that my cousin Valerie was coming for a visit for a couple of crafting days.... 

 Val is one of my many first cousins from St. Martins where as you know we summer and I run my wee shoppe...

We had such fun.... talking and crafting and talking and laughing..
You sure can tell we are FAMILY... 
We love so many of the same things... 
God and our families, our homes, our craft talent, cups of tea and cake.... We even have the same ailments ...smile... 
Our husbands are very similar... 
We even each have an adopted child who is exactly the same as our biological children... Born of our hearts...  
God really blessed our time together...

Anyway...
I thought I would show you a few things that she taught me..
Needle Punching...
Here Val drew out a simple pattern on some burlap just to get me started....


It seemed simple enough.. She can paint and draw so well..
Such a God given talent...
Perhaps you would like to meet her...

This is Val... She has been so kind to teach the Keepers of the Home how to blanket stitch and made coasters with them all..
They loved her and so she has consented to come again...
Our next meeting, actually... 
We hope to be making something like this..


I am hoping you girls like this... She will have different styles, of course... They don't have to be primitive... smile...



This is the needle punch... And my first attempt.. I just love doing it.  So easy and fun to do...


This is one of Val's first attempts... Pretty good, eh?
It will take me a bit to get a rug done but all in due time..
This is a craft I can do easily while I am keeping shoppe....

She also showed me her cross stitching that she is working at...
I love the pattern..
We worked at computer crafts, paper crafts and more...
She also shared a recipe for our supper last night. 
A really neat Shepherds Pie..
I will give you the pinch of this and a cup of that recipe..
ok?


VAl's Shepherds Pie..
Peel and cook a pot of potatoes... as many as you think you need.
While they are cooking brown up a pound or so of hamburger. 
Add a chopped onion and a couple of cloves of garlic..
Season with salt and pepper.
When browned add a can of tomato soup and 1/2 package of Sloppy Joe Mix...
In the meantime in a large casserole dish spread out a large can of creamed corn. 
On top of that add your hamburger mixture..
Over that add vegetables of choice. eg.. peas, green beans or carrots...
Drain your cooked potatoes and cream with milk and butter.
Spread over top...
Place in oven at 350 degrees for 40 minutes..
Serve this with a nice fresh salad and bread of choice. 
A lovely potluck dish, too...

I will be sharing the other craft work on my other blog...
tomorrow or sometime soon. 

Valerie went back home this afternoon but there was someone wondering where she went... smile..


Which way did she go?  giggle.... 

I hope you enjoyed your little visit here.  I love having you all. 
You are welcome anytime and if you can leave a comment then I am doubly delighted... smile..

Have a wonderful weekend...
God Bless


7 comments:

  1. Hello Val nice to meet you.
    Wonderful post today lady's
    MMM Shepherds pie one of Papas favorites only I make it now with lamb instead of ground beef !
    Have a great day !

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  2. Good evening Faye, Just became a follower of this blog also. I didn't realize until you posted about your company last time that you had another blog. Love visiting on Primitive Lace so now will visit here also. I love the needle punch. I want to learn how so badly. Looks like great fun. Glad you had a good visit with Val. Nice meeting you Val. The pie sounds easy enough and I bet it is delicious. Will have to try it. My daughter loves them, and I have never attempted to make one. You have a safe and blessed weekend.

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  3. Doesn't time with family just go too fast? Sounds like it was a wonderful visit. Love to learn to needle punch. Looks like fun.Thanks for sharing Val and Faye. Your projects are beautiful.
    Hugs Granny Trace
    www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

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  4. Hello Cousin, I want to tell you how much I enjoyed our time together.I also wanted to tell you that I got the pattern to do my first cross stitch pattern you showed is a pattern from" primitive bettys" blogspot. she has amazing patterns and I wanted to give credit to her with many thanks.Thanks to all your followers for the lovely comments and greeting to me.I will be lonesome for you and "Sammy" for a couple of days now but we will get together again I,m sure.Hope the girls will be looking forward to our time together at keepers of the home, till then Blessing to all. Love val.

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  5. (squeal) I can't wait to have Val come to keepers!! I really live the craft- on mine, I already see sheep and stars around the tree... Is the needle punch similar to rug hooking??

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  6. I am so glad you and your cousin had a good visit. I will be visiting with family today that I have not seen in 10 years. Very exciting. I have never did cross stitch or needle punch but they both look fun. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Enjoy your day and God bless.

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  7. Always good to learn something new. I wonder how much talking went on during the visit :-) Good for you Faye, always great to catch up with someone dear to you
    Sounds as if you all had a good time. :-) x x x

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